Report on progress in Bulgaria under the cooperation and verification mechanism

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Series Details COM (2018) 850
Publication Date 13/11/2018
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On 13 November 2018 the European Commission presented a report on Bulgaria's progress under the cooperation and verification mechanism.

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In January 2017 the Commission undertook a comprehensive assessment of the progress made by Bulgaria over the ten years since the establishment of the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) in 2007. On the basis of this longer term perspective and the significant progress made, the Commission outlined 17 key recommendations that, if followed up, would end the CVM process.

In its November 2017 report, the Commission noted that significant progress had been achieved on the recommendations set out in the January 2017 report. While the Commission cannot yet conclude that any of the benchmarks are at this stage satisfactorily fulfilled, it remains of the opinion that, with a continued political steer and a determination to advance the reform, Bulgaria should be able to fulfil the remaining outstanding CVM recommendations in the near future.

This report presents further progress made since November 2017 in following up the recommendations set out in the January 2017 report.

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